TORONTO: As part of the province’s changes to solve skilled labour shortages outside the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario is opening the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to 13 new types of in-demand workers.
The new occupations include mechanical assemblers and inspectors, metalworking and forging machine operators, plastics processing machine operators, and industrial sewing machine operators.
“These changes will help build the province’s economy, and aid the recovery by spurring economic growth,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training, and Skills Development. “Employers need to fill the skilled labour gap to maintain jobs for all.”
Another change will see the province drop its requirement on immigrants to demonstrate settlement funds where they already have a permanent, full-time job offer. Settlement funds are how applicants show they have enough money to settle in Ontario.
“We’re trying to make the system as easy on applicants as possible,” said Minister McNaughton. “If you’re coming to Ontario with a permanent job offer, that’s a good enough guarantee for us.”
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program attracts people from around the world who can contribute to Ontario’s labour market and economic development. The program provides businesses with a way to meet specific labour needs that can’t be filled domestically due to skill and labour shortages and complements the Ministry’s work to re-train and re-skill domestic workers.
Accepted applicants are nominated to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent resident status in Canada. An aging demographic and youth moving to urban centres have made finding workers increasingly difficult for employers in smaller and rural communities. The changes apply outside the Greater Toronto area, where the need for skilled labour in manufacturing is most acute, and employers and municipalities have sought assistance.
These newly added jobs will help employers in communities like those participating in the province’s regional immigration pilot. Through the pilot, Ontario is providing additional assistance to employers in three regions in need of skilled labour: Chatham-Kent, the cities of Belleville and Quinte West, and the City of Cornwall. The pilot reserves 150 spaces in the OINP over the next two years to help fill local labour shortages and support economic growth by spreading awareness of the program.
The In-Demand Skills stream began accepting applications under the newly added occupations on July 6, and the OINP opened the intake under the regional immigration pilot on July 9.
• The additional 13 occupations are:
o 9411 – Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
o 9416 – Metalworking and forging machine operators
o 9417 – Machining tool operators
o 9418 – Other metal products machine operators
o 9421 – Chemical plant machine operators
o 9422 – Plastics processing machine operators
o 9437 – Woodworking machine operators
o 9446 – Industrial sewing machine operators
o 9461 – Process control and machine operators, food, beverage, and associated products processing
o 9523 – Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
o 9526 – Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
o 9536 – Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
o 9537 – Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors